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Bhangra performers deliver electrifying show in Surrey

The HSBC City of Bhangra Festival is underway and runs through June 10, 2012. An annual event, the festival is expanding this year to include events in Surrey as well as Vancouver.

 

Male performers mid-jump on-stage at Celebrate the Harvest
Female bhangra performers on stage
Female bhangra dancers performing in unison
Cross-cultural dance performers by Punjabi and Jewish artists
Dave Bawa from Victoria, BC, on the mic.
dj HMD and BattleKATT perform dip-hop music during Celebrate the Harvest
Indanation in action at the Celebration of the Harvest

 I got a chance to see one of the festival’s first outdoor concert in Surrey, BC, this weekend from the vantage of a volunteer live tweeting the day's performances. All of the artists performing bhangra (a lively dance from India's Punjab region, originally performed to celebrate the harvest and now a pop culture phenomenon) were powerful.

My personal highlight, however, was watching the cross-cultural collaboration between dancers from the Surrey India Arts Club and the Jewish Community Centre. By sharing the stage, the dancers reinforced that this festival isn't just about and for the South Asian community alone; it provides an opportunity to build relationships across communities.

To check out performances in your area, please visit cityofbhangra.com.

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